After Sappho

Christina Hutchins

Prehension is how an occasion in its immediacy of being

absorbs another occasion which has passed.

—Alfred North Whitehead      

Sweetest hours of a sweet life

quite literally we became one another

not the old couple finishing each other’s sentence

but beginning here adrape

            prehending in such proximity!

My skin the immediate past of your skin

there are so many places I can never go:    your

pain     dreams     or from them into your days

Incalculable the loss     the one poem ever

requiring the past be passed

How long ago did this heat I field

depart your animal furnace?




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